Description

This is actually rebuild with some upgraded hardware from my previous build not long ago. This time it is more challenge since I put more stuff in a limit space case and also learnt a lot about air flow, OC..etc. So I decide to write a new one.

SPACE

The challenge of this build is space, since I want all of following stuff in this case.

  • 360mm AIO with 3 push and 2 pull config

  • 120mm AIO GPU

  • 180mm long PSU

  • Corsair Commander pro

  • Keep the HDD cage with one 3.5 inch hard drive installed.

  • 8 x 120MM fan and 2 x 40mm fan total 10 fans

The result is pretty good IMO, I am happy with the cable management though the side panel do need to push to close, the room at back is really thin even with cable from Cable Mod.

AIR FLOW

Some one comment about the positive and negative air flow in last build, I did not know it at that time, but this time I pay attention to the air flow.

I need the Corsair commander pro since I also run MAC, I want a custom fan curve on hardware level so I can run on both OS. I learnt Commander Pro can run without link with fan curve with temperature probe(Someone please correct me if I am wrong since I can not find an official manual on this)

In order to achieve positive air flow, I use a paper tissue at back air vent and adjust the minimum fan speed of 5 fan at front when GPU Radiator exhaust fan running at max speed, since ML120 is much quieter, so I made it with higher minimum fan speed. By doing this I can make sure the system is always running at positive air flow. I can not set the top exhaust fan with higher speed since they will easily cause negative air flow, setting them to minimum rpm to aid the air flow only.

Below are detailed fan setup:

  • 3 x 120mm HD120 running push mode at front with minimum 1000 rpm and increase according to CPU AIO temp

  • 2 x 120mm ML120(not . pro, max 1600rpm) running pull mode at front with minimum 1200 rpm increase according to GPU AIO temp

  • 2 x 120mm HD120 at top running at fix 800RPM for exaust

  • 1 x 120mm HD120 at back running push for GPU Radiator, minimum 800 rpm increasing according to GPU AIO temp

  • 1 x 40mm Noctua NF-A4x20 cooling VRM according to VRM temp, rpm start from 0 rpm to 5000

  • 1 x 40mm Noctua NF-A4x20 cooling PCH according to PCH temp, rpm start from 0 rpm to 5000

  • Temeprature probe on VRM monitored by motherboard

  • Temeprature probe on GPU radiator monitored by Commander Pro

  • Temeprature probe on GPU back plate monitored by Commander Pro

  • Temeprature probe on Top air vent exaut monitored by Commander Pro

VRM fan mount come with motherboard

M.2 fan mount can be download on asus.com and printed yourself at home or 3D print service like Fedex. I personally bought on Shapeways

Overclock

CPU was sent to delidded by SilliconLottery.com with binding test. Don't want to DIY since thats the only CPU I have. The CPU came back with 5.1GHz AVX 2 at 1.412V. I used the setting and run 8 hour ASUS realbench and multiple Cinebench/PRIME95/AIDA64/3D Mark/PC Mark test run. Temperature stable under 75C.

GPU also overclocked using EVGA Precision XOC. The GPU stable at +109 MHz(2126MHz) GPU Clock and +760MHz(11528MHz) Memory clock speed. Passed 3DMark/PC Mark all test and Valley bench, Superposition bench and Heaven bench. Temperature stable under 55C

POWER

I upgraded my PSU from RMx to RMi because I am curious about what my real watt usage when overclocking. And, I KNOW 1000W is overkill but I got a good deal, and I might go with SLI in future.

The watt usage when CPU running PRIME95 blend test with GPU full load is around 450W(~500W walll input). Running CPU Small FFT test may go over 550w but probably not realistic.

HACKINTOSH

All parts are compatible to run macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 with audio support(need patch of course but it work). You need a Compatible Wireless/Bluetooth Card to enable Airdrop/Handoff(which is very useful), it is available on eBay.

NOISE

It is definitely not total silent, but its much quieter with AIO, especially the GPU, thats one of the reason I chose AIO GPU since GPU run more frequently at full load compare to CPU while gaming.

FUTURE PLAN

Originally I was building a Hackintosh only, but I got into the PC Mod world and crazy about it. I ordered a Lian-Li PC-O11 Dynamic, and plan to do custom loop and end of the year.

ADDITIONAL

Some of my parts(not include CPU/RAM/Motherboard/AIO/GPU/Storage) are used/refurbished/new but resell as second hand. SO thats why the price is lower than normal.

CPU delidded + binding price $71 not included.

Comments

  • 14 months ago
  • 4 points

Dude, love the build. I think the cat just gave it an 11/10! Nice job!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Same!

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

how much was the added cat? you didn't have it priced in the parts list. +1

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Zero, he was adopted from shelter! That's why he isn't on price list!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for a sick build man

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

yw

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful. Nice to see a Hackintosh here

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the VRM fan. :)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure if they are really useful, but overkill is satisfying.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Have you overclocked your cat?

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

I've seen them go up to 5.75 Giga-Meows, he's probably got it at a high claw-ck speed

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, I see "c" and "k" together is apparently not allowed

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

They do, they also have Catel Speed step, they can lower the core speed while idle and boost up and even overclaw to over 5G

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah but you have to up the Core Tuna quite a bit if you don't take it apart and repaste it

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Perfection, +1. Do you mind sharing where you got the bracket for the 40mm M.2 fan?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

On shapeways.com https://www.shapeways.com/product/49NWE57QH/m-2-fan-holder

Or you can download design on asus.com and print yourself

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw the print option, but prefer to purchase. Thank you for the link!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build and setup. Love it! (nice cat too) +1

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

I know u aren't ****** around when u have 64 gb of ram. lol. nice build

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, Thx

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the kitty, and the colors. Beautiful! My cat won't stop fighting loose cables, makes cable management a pain.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

My cat keep trying to get into the case when I am working on it or steal my cable tightener.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank god my 460x isn't the only one that looks like that at the back. Holy crap is this a hard case to build in. Nice looking though!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! This case is tiny at edges which makes management really hard. wish it could be at least 0.5 inch larger in every direction

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Overall great, but you really should have each set of push/pull fans on the same curve. If the corresponding push fan is operating at a different RPM than the pull fan, the efficiency is going to plummet. You want them to push/pull in unison.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for cat.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the build man, I have a quick question you might be able to help me out with. I just bough this mobo but I'm seeing it has a 4 pin rgb header and my understanding is most RGB LED's come with a 3 pin set up. Which RGB's did you use. Excuse my ignorance if I am completely wrong here, this is going to be my firs PC and I am not too well versed in all of these things yet, anyways Thanks for your time, and beautiful build I hope mine ends up as nice.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not using the RGB header on mother board, I am using Corsair's product and they are using their own RGB controller, mine is Corsair Commander pro(center at back in pic) with Corsair Fan hub(bottom right at back). The 4-pin header one on the Z370-A usually compatible with RGB product which support ASUS AURA SYNC

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  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you can get a m.2 wifi card adapter, but you have to find compatible wifi card.